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A systematic review by Australian authors has found that auricular acupuncture (mainly ‘Battlefield Acupuncture’) is effective for pain relief in the emergency department (ED), both as an adjunct and a stand-alone treatment. Six randomised trials and two observational studies involving 458 patients were included in their review. Meta-analysis determined that ear acupuncture can provide clinically meaningful analgesia for acute pain conditions in the ED. Ear acupuncture was also assessed to have other potential benefits in the ED setting - low risk, low cost, reasonable application time, improved patient satisfaction, and allowing body access for other dimensions of ED care.

Does Ear Acupuncture Have a Role for Pain Relief in the Emergency Setting? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Med Acupunct. 2017 Oct 1;29(5):276-289.

 

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